I wanted to say a huge Thank You to the Arendell Room in Morehead City, NC and Trent River Coffee Co. in New Bern, NC for the shows this weekend! Both places were awesome, good crowd and great feedback. I really appreciate all the venues that I play at, I know it's not easy to run a venue/bar/cafe, but thank you for having us! This weekend we are at the Open Bar in Washington, NC and then in Wilmington for a private party. Cheers!
Got some great shows this month, really looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones! I'm going to be in Morehead City, New Bern, Washington and Wilmington, NC, hope to see you!
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. Try to remember to relax, the time goes so quickly. Let's meet up soon!
Had a blast at the Satellite Bar and Lounge in Wilmington, NC last night! Great venue and staff, awesome people to play a show with! We'll be back... (and next time I'll let the staff close up..... Sorry!!! I really am!)
Christmas eve I'll be playing a few Christmas songs at the Methodist church in Trenton, NC for their service. Feel free to stop in.
Well, I was planning to start back playing a little in January, finish The Lumen Sessions and release it on cd, but I jumped the gun a little and booked a show in December. The Satellite Bar is an amazing venue in Wilmington, NC, I am really pumped to be playing. I have a new drummer here in NC, Patrick Edwards, and we are looking forward to playing our first show there! Get there at 9:00 and we'll be ready to make noise! Also, be on the lookout for new things shaking! Scarlet said the other day, "Dad, when are you playing a show again? I want to come along and sell cd's......" Cheers folks!
I just wanted to let everyone know about some changes coming down very soon. I am going to be backing off the whole music thing for a while and while I was planning to let the website shut down due to the cost involved, a friend stepped up and paid for it. So I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to Kevin Nickler in Pennsylvania. Kevin has been a huge support of my music and I am thankful that our paths crossed. Kevin said he felt that the website was important and allows me to continue to post songs and have a financial income even while I'm not out playing shows. I feel extremely fortunate to have friends that believe in what I'm doing and care about me and my family. Thank you again, Kevin. It means a ton.
So, this is the email I sent recently to explain my desicion:
I am finally succumbing to the reality of my own personal life and choices. I am excited to make this transition but felt that I wanted to let everyone know as honest as I could my reasons for doing so.
Most of you know my daughter Scarlet Meadow, she may have even pushed a cd on you or invited herself to your table, and probably know that she is daddy's partner in crime. She was coming to shows with me since she was born and started going out, just the two of us, at age 2. We've met so many great people and it has allowed her to experience a life that most kids are not able to. She has been a part of almost everything I do musically (when it can be allowed) and has learned so much in the 5 years we've done it together. I purposely wanted to have her involved from the time we learned my wife was pregnant because I felt that it was an incredible opportunity for her to learn. We decided several years ago that we wanted to homeschool Scarlet and these runs of shows have been a way to allow her to experience real life, see what dad is doing and learn about all the things that go into the life of a traveling musician. I am very proud of the times we've had and I want much of those things to continue.
Many of you will know this already but I had a band in central Pennsylvania called Grantham Road. We started off doing everything ourselves, booking, promoting, managing, etc. but over time we worked with a great team that shared these responsibilities. When we broke up and I decided to explore a solo career, I didn't realize the weight of that whole decision. I lost my manager, booker and the other band members that helped share in the responsibilities. To try and do the job that five guys were doing before seems like a poor decision to me now, but, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. I am not a manager or a booking agent or a promoter or anything, I'm simply an artist. But it takes a lot more than just being an artist to be successful. To gain the attention of outside managers, booking agents and the like, is something that I have not been able to do. When I try to wear all these different hats to have some kind of success, it takes everything I have and I realize that where I need to focus that energy is on my daughter.
I really appreciate everyone's support over the years. I think of the venues that I play in terms of the people that I am most likely to see there because to me it has always been about the people. Thank you to everyone that helped with a vehicle, provided a place to crash, loaded in, tore down, said kind words, brought a friend, bought a drink, fixed a string, laughed at a joke or just sat at the bar and bobbed your head. It's been great. I don't hope this to be the end, it's just like a vacation.......
See you down the road,
I wanted to say Thank You to all the venues this run and to everyone who came out to a show. We had a blast! Thanks to the Hodle, Suba, Front Street Station and Ye Olde Meeting Place! Most venues I play have been supportive for years and I can't thank them enough. It was great catching up with old friends and making a bunch of new ones. I hope we can get back around this area soon. Also, I want to say thanks to Steve Geyer for banging them old drums for me, it was a blast as usual. Cheers!
Make sure you check out the Shows page this month. I'm in PA and NC at some great venues. I'd love to see you out and about!
May is gone, what happened? Busy month, I was out of town for much of it and while I should have been being more productive, I honestly was just hanging out and drinking beers. Oh, and playing some shows. So the release for May never happened but we are going to be making it happen and adding an additional song to the project too. That additional song will be finished at some point and then I'll release it. This all sounds so haphazard. Because my life is haphazard. Anyway, I am playing in Morgantown, WV this month at a new venue for me. If you are in the area, stop on by. I would love to have a show in the Fredrick, MD area after WV, if you have any last minute contacts....... well, you know the drill, is on the contact page.
I am getting ready for next weeks run of shows, Ryan and I are in Knoxville, Johnson City and Charlotte and sharing the stage with The Crimson Balladeers out of Las Vegas. Great band with true americana spirit. Johnson City is a three band affair with a local band called Teeth Like Keys. Really cool sound and I can't wait to get us all together. In the meantime I am fixing speakers and running my kid to gymnastics...... Always and forever a dad first! Hope to see you out and about, I have a small run in June heading in the West Virginia area. I'll keep you posted on that too! Cheers!